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Bowling News USA - December 10, 2012 Bertolina, Shellabarger Roll To Win at International Senior Open

(L-R Bertolina, Chew, Painter and Shellabarger)

Kerry PainterJohn Bertolina (Storm staff), David Chew and Max Shellabarger (Storm Staff), all United States, averaged nearly 230 en route to win the four-player team event at the International Senior Open and the $4,000 top prize Friday at Red Rock Resort Casino Lanes in Las Vegas. 

Powered by Painter's 1546 series (257.67 ave.) the team improved on a 5338 series by 181 pins to win the title with 5519 six-game total and an average of 229.96. The foursome started with four consecutive 900-plus games (967, 936, 929 and 963) and finished with 882 and 842 to beat out day one leader Howie Partell, Bob Markiewicz, Ken Meryman and Vaughn Doody for the top spot by mere ten pins. 

The four Americans split $2,000 for second place with 5509 pinfall total and an average of 229.54 for six games. Meryman and Markiewicz (pictured right, l-r) led the team with 1478 and 1442 series or an individual average of 246.33 and 240.33, respectively 

The winner's 5338 series was good for third place in the final standings but they were only allowed to cash once. 

Japan's Toshiaki Yamanishi, Toshiyasu Kunitomo, Takayuki Kikugawa and Toshihiro Kaji were the best international team in fourth place with 5322 (221.75) to earn $1,000. Kikugawa led the team with 1384 and was followed by Yamanishi (1344), Kunitomo (1324) and Kaji (1270). 

The last cashers' spot worth $500 went to a U.S. mixed team consisting of Char Hammel, Lucy Sandelin, Robin Romeo and Terry Leong, who toppled 5302 pins (220.92) to land in fifth place. Romeo led the team with 1399 (233.17). 

The team event also decided the winners in All Events (combined pinfall in Singles, Doubles and Team) with the top six players from each division advancing to the Masters finals on Saturday. 

The 2012 International Senior Open concluded Saturday with the Masters finals at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev. The top six players in All Events in each division bowled five games round robin match play to determine the champion. Starting from scratch, players received 30 bonus pins for winning a match and 15 pins each in the event of a tie. 

Bob Markiewicz of San Diego, Calif., defeated Toshihiro Kaji of Japan in the last match of the men's senior division (ages 50-60), 300-279, to claim the victory worth $500.

If Markiewicz didn't get first strike in 10th frame he would have finished fourth. The 300-279 win plus the 30 bonus pins propelled him to first place with 1350 including 90 bonus pins. Markiewicz, who averaged 252 in match play topped Henderson, Nev. residents Kerry Painter (1327) and John Bertolina(1300) by 23 and 50 pins. Kaji finished fourth with 1286. 

Terry Leong also of Henderson, beat out Kevin Blackmore of Australia by mere nine pins to win the Masters title in the men's super senior division (ages 61 & over). Leong averaged 241.60 for his five games and added 90 pins bonus for a 3-2 match play record to finish with 1298 pinfall total. 

Blackmore, who averaged 233.80, won all but one match (120 bonus) leaving him nine pins shy of the title with 1289. Ed Roberts of Braintree, Mass., finished in third place with 1248. 

Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., outaveraged her nearest competitor by almost 20 pins to capture to the title i the women's senior division (ages 45-55) with 1271 pinfall total including 90 pins bonus. Beth Owen-Cipielewski of Sarasota, Fla. was second with 1178 and Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla. was third with 1112. 

In a dominating performance, Char Hammel of Las Vegas cruised to the title in the women's super senior division (ages 56 & over). Hammel won all of her five matches including games of 268, 214, 279, 225 and 228 for 1364 total including 150 bonus. With an average of 242.80, Hammel outveraged her nearest competitors, second place Sherry Hobson and third place Debbie Ip, both of Manitoba, Canada, by more than 40 pins. 

The inaugural International Senior Open ran from Dec. 3-8 at Red Rock Lanes, a 60-laner within Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev. United States. The tournament featured two age divisions for men (50-60, 61 and older) and women (45-55, 56 and older). Bowlers competed for medals and total prize fund of more than $12,000 inSingles, Doubles, Team and Masters.



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